Lk.2:7 – And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
No one expected this kind of a king. As a matter of fact this is why most of the Jewish people, starting with their leaders and teachers, totally missed their time of visitation. They were all expecting a Messiah, just not ‘that kind’ of a Messiah. That sounds strangely familiar in our modern church age. Just about everyone is praying for an awakening or a revival, just not “that kind’ of a revival. Humans have a strange habit of dictating the way the Lord should do things, obviously His ways are not our ways. Here is how Spurgeon describes the humility displayed in the birth of Christ in a manger.
“I think it was intended thus to show forth his humiliation, He came, according to prophecy, to be “despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;” he was to be “without form or comeliness,” “a root out of a dry ground.”….The manger and the cross standing at the two extremities of the Savior’s earthly life seem most fit and congruous the one to the other. He is to wear through life a peasant’s garb; he is to associate with fishermen; the lowly are to be his disciples; the cold mountains are often to be his only bed; he is to say, “Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head;” nothing, therefore, could be more fitting than that in his season of humiliation, when he laid aside all his glory, and took upon himself the form of a servant, and condescended even to the meanest estate, he should be laid in a manger.”
The last place on the planet anyone would look to find the one who would be the future Jewish king was in an animal stall in Bethlehem. Kings are not born in barns, they are born in palaces. That’s why most everyone missed Him. He came as a different kind of king establishing a different kind of kingdom. His birth was a glimpse of His life, born in humility to be the Savior of the world. Even today many miss the kingdom of God because they are looking for something that improves this life forgetting or ignoring the hidden kingdom all around them. He was born in a manger, died on a cross, and is now seated at the right hand of God.